"First, the report must tackle the issue of U.S. troop deployments. The best way to get the Iraqis to concentrate on making the hard political decisions and compromises is to make clear to them that the presence of our troops in their present large numbers is not open-ended. "Second, the report must propose a clear political road map for Iraq. As we redeploy, we must exert maximum pressure on the Iraqis for a sustainable political settlement that deals with federalism, sharing oil revenue and the militias. Redeployment alone is not a plan -- it is a means to help bring about the political settlement needed if we are to avoid a full-blown civil war and regional conflict. "Third, the report must speak to the engagement of Iraq's neighbors. We should convene an international conference and stand up an oversight group of major countries to support a political settlement in Iraq -- or, if chaos ensues anyway -- to help contain its fallout within Iraq. There can be no sustainable peace in Iraq without the support of its neighbors, including Iran, Syria and Turkey."And like Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), who has made it clear that January will not end without an increase in the federal minimum wage, Biden is a man on a mission and has already announced that the new Congress will begin with the Foreign Relations Committee holding six weeks of hearings on Iraq. If the Delaware Democrat isn't happy with proposals from the Iraq Study Group, that report may quickly become fish wrap and Biden will simply produce his own findings and recommendations for how the U.S. should proceed in Iraq. Note to Republicans: That kind of thing is called Congressional oversight and, while it's been an endangered species in Washington the last few years, you may want to get used to seeing it again.